About me

My name is Shiling Liang1. I am a final-year PhD student at the Laboratory of Statistical Biophysics, EPFL. Before I started my PhD, I obtained M.Sc. in Physics at EPFL and B.Sc. in Physics from Beijing Normal University and the University of Manchester2.

My main research interest is on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and its application to biochemical systems. During my master and beginning of PhD, I was investigating how a temperature gradient can break symmetries in both chemical and real space, which may lead to the origin of life. Recently, I am working to reveal the thermodynamic cost to break symmetries in biochemical systems. I am also interested in stochastic thermodynamics, all kinds of thermo-kinetic bounds in stochastic and out-of-equilibrium systems. I enjoy understanding the world by building minimal models.

If my research resonates with you and you'd like to discuss it further, please don't hesitate to email me.

News

2023.05.04 I will attend the Frontiers in Non-equilibrium Physics workshop in Kyoto from 07th to 20th July, 2024.
2023.01.16 I will attend 2024 APS March meeting. Here is the abstract of my presentation.
2023.10.11 I will be visiting MPI-PKS in Dresden from November 19th to 25th, 2023.
2023.08.28 Check out our new preprint arXiv:2308.14497, which reveals the thermodynamic cost to break temporal symmetry.

Selected Publications

Thermodynamic costs of symmetry breaking

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Thermodynamic bounds on symmetry breaking in linear and catalytic biochemical systems

S. Liang, P. De Los Rios & D. M. Busiello
Phys. Rev. Lett. 132, 228402 (2024)
Poster | Video

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Network geometry reveals universal thermodynamic bounds in various of biochemical systems, ranging from the error rate of kinetic proofreading to the contrast of reaction-diffusion pattern.


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Thermodynamic bounds on time-reversal asymmetry

S. Liang & S. Pigolotti
Phys. Rev. E 108, L062101 (Letter) (2023)

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Temporal-coarse-grained measure of time-reversal asymmetry can be used to infer non-equilibrium driving forces.


Finite-time thermodynamics

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A Minimal Model for Carnot Efficiency at Maximum Power

S. Liang, Y.-H. Ma, D. M. Busiello & P. De Los Rios
arXiv 2312.02323 (2023)

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ A minimal model reveal the attainability of Carnot efficiency at maximum power.


Chemical systems in non-isothermal environments

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Emergent thermophoretic behavior in chemical reaction systems

S. Liang, D. M. Busiello & P. De Los Rios
New Journal of Physics 24 123006 (2022)
Poster | Summary

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Thermophoresis can emerge from reaction-diffusion system. Favouring cold or hot regions depends on the correlation between transport properties and energies.


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Dissipation-driven selection of states in non-equilibrium chemical networks

D. M. Busiello, S. Liang, F. Piazza & P. De Los Rios
Communication Chemistry 4 16 (2021)

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Chemical reaction network with kinetic asymmetry can harvest thermal energy to break symmetry in chemical space.


  1. How to pronounce my name: Shiling (given name) Liang (family name). 

  2. A joint program between Beijing Normal University and the University of Manchester.